My brother had gone on a hiking expedition into the deeper regions of a random jungle. The trip would take at least a month, and he promised me that he would tell me everything he experienced.
After a month had passed, he returned. But to the surprise of everyone involved, he looked pale and tired. He did not seem eager to tell me everything, but he figured that a promise was a promise. So, he sat down, and I sat across from him. He looked at me with his bloodshot eyes, and he started talking:
“I will start this off by saying that you should stay away from those regions.”
I looked at him in confusion.
“Why is that?”
“Because, you can get in trouble by doing so. I do not remember the specifics of it, but I developed this condition almost over night.”
“I find that hard to believe…”
“I don’t blame you. I don’t believe it myself, because I have no idea what might have caused this… bug bite? Bad food? Inexplicable curse brought on by one of the natives? Who knows?”
I could not stand his way of dancing around the issue. So, I yelled:
“Tell me what happened!”
“Very well… I shall. After setting up camp, I decided to take a stroll around the area. It was a magnificent landscape, and the colours were breathtaking… I then returned to my camp, and after a few hours, I started feeling tired and sick.”
“Why didn’t you come home?”
“I tried… but they would not let me on the plane…”
I stared at him in confusion yet again.
“Then… how did you get back home?”
He did not have time to tell me, because the next second, he fell down to the floor, unconscious. I dialled 911 immediately, and the ambulance came and whisked him away.
Two hours had passed since his hospitalization, and I had yet to hear anything new about his condition. I saw a doctor come towards me, and he looked at me with a mystified expression.
“Are you his brother?”
“Well… I do not know how to say this, but… he has died…”
My mouth fell agape.
“What? How and because of what?”
The doctor looked even more concerned.
“We don’t know! As of right now, the only thing we can do is put his body under heavy quarantine…”
I was stunned… I really did not know how to proceed from here. My brother, who was a major part of my life, was no more, because of some awful disease he had contracted from another country. I just could not believe it… I had to see him, just to confirm it.
“May I see him?”
The doctor exuded some level of reluctance when he agreed to my request. He walked me to the room, and through the window to said room; I could see two people wearing sanitation suits.
And in the middle, on the bed… I saw a huge pile of tiny worms, creeping out of every single cell of my brother’s body.